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Holman Bible Dictionary

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David, Root of
Root of David
Root of Jesse
Greek - pluck up by the root, root up, uproot, uprooted
Greek - root, firmly rooted, rooted
Greek - root, roots
Hebrew - root out, take root, taken root, taking root, uproot, uprooted
Hebrew - root, deep root, roots
Hebrew - root, roots
Hebrew - root out, root up, rooted, roots, root, uproot, uprooted
Hebrew - root out

The part of a plant buried in and gaining nourishment through the ground. In Scripture root generally appears in a figurative sense. Root indicates source as when the unrighteous are pictured as a root bearing bitter and poisonous fruit (Deuteronomy 29:18; Hebrews 12:15) or when the love of money is described as the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Deep-sinking roots picture stability (Psalms 80:9; Proverbs 12:3) and prosperity (Proverbs 12:12; compare Psalms 1:3). Exile is termed being uprooted (1 Kings 14:15; Jeremiah 24:6), while taking root again pictures return from Exile and the renewal of God's blessing (2 Kings 19:30; Isaiah 27:6; Isaiah 37:31).

Seed that fails to take root pictures those whose commitment to Christ is not firm enough to withstand trouble or persecution (Matthew 13:6,Matthew 13:21). To be rooted in Christ is to be established in faith (Colossians 2:6). Root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:10; Romans 15:12) and root of David (Revelation 5:5; Revelation 22:16) serve as titles of the Messiah. In Paul's allegory of the grape vine Israel is the root of the plant, the church the branches (Romans 11:16-18).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ROOT'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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